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Report: Bret Bielema fired by Arkansas

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to SB Nation, the Arkansas Razorbacks have parted ways with head coach Bret Bielema. His firing comes one week after the last FBS coach was fired in fellow Southeastern Conference head coach Butch Jones by the Tennessee Volunteers.

Bielema will coach the final game of the season this Friday against the Missouri Tigers. The Razorbacks are presently 4-7 on the season after being defeated by the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday.

Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema (Getty Images)

Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema (Getty Images)

Bielema, along with former athletic director Jeff Long have been embattled in recent weeks at the school. Long was fired by the school earlier this week.

The Razorbacks, according to reports, would like to hire Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn as its next head coach. SB Nation is reporting that if Malzahn would be hired, it could hand-pick its next athletic director.

Bielema has been the Razorbacks head coach for the past five seasons – and they are not bowl eligible. He came to the school after being the Wisconsin Badgers head coach.

With the Razorbacks, he went 29-33, including just 11-28 in the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas has only defeated the Ole Miss Rebels this season in the SEC.

There have been some things to happen this season for the Razorbacks, but that’s no excuses for their record, or his firing. Rawleigh Williams, a former running back, announced his retirement from college football in the spring.

During the season, Austin Allen suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. Cole Kelley, his back-up, got arrested on DUI charges on November 12th.

Two seasons ago, we said Bielema should have been fired.

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2 Comments on Report: Bret Bielema fired by Arkansas

  1. Is the University still going to be obligated to pay his (Bielema) salary until 2022 like they are for Jeff Long? I believe that the contract needs to be revised and should read if terminated, before contract is renewed, employee salary will also be terminated. Why pay him another 4 years for really doing nothing and him possibly seeking employment elsewhere and getting an additional salary from the new employer? Or once he does enter back into the workforce, salary from U of A will also cease.

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